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JSI Tip 2704. How can I centrally manage 3rd party device drivers?

In tip 2703, we discussed how an ordinary users can install 3rd party device drivers.

If you wish to centrally store these device drivers, create a share on your server with sub-folders, such as \\ServerName\Drivers\NIC, where Drivers is the share, and copy the driver to it. On each Windows 2000 computer, edit the registry, using a .REG file, Regedt32 (remotely from your desktop), REG, or the freeware REG. You must append the \\ServerName\Drivers\NIC path to the DevicePath value name at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion. The default value of this REG_EXPAND_SZ data type is %SystemRoot%\Inf. Amend it to be c:\WINNT\Inf;\\ServerName\Drivers\Nic.

NOTE: You MUST manually expand the %SystemRoot% variable.

When the new hardware is installed and a user logs on, the new Plug and Play hardware is detected and the drivers are automatically installed from the DevicePath path.

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